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Old 12-23-2007, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The kids are long gone and we have an unused pool eating up a significant portion of the yard. Has anyone experience with having their pool demolished and removed?

I epxect a building permit or some such thing would be required and that the cheapest method is to cave it in below grade and bury everything with fill dirt. Removal of all the concrete and the equipment from the site would be ideal but I expect more costly.

 
Old 12-23-2007, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Nevada/Hawaii
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Had 2 customers back in FL who did that. Both then had their property tax lowered. Cost one of them about 4K but that included new deck.
 
Old 12-24-2007, 07:37 AM
 
Location: 5 miles from the center of the universe-The Superstition Mountains
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I have no idea of the cost for hiring someone, but I imagine it won't be cheap. I know from personal experience it's a huge undertaking because I did that to my mother's pool about 15 years ago. We rented a jack-hammer and a skid steer loader and went to work. She had a large patio area which filled about half the pool. My wife and I just happened to be having a pool installed at the same time so I simply trucked our dirt to her pool. Three days of back-breaking work and a couple hundred dollars later we were done. Don't forget when the time comes to sell, you'll need to disclose that a pool is buried in your yard. It could reduce the resale value of the home if you don't have it all removed.
 
Old 12-24-2007, 10:43 AM
 
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don't own a pool, know nothing about pools and plan to never get one but why can't you just fill it with dirt?
 
Old 12-24-2007, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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You need to get a demo permit from the city. There are also very specific things that need to be done in demolishing the pool, including removing a significant portion of the bottom of the pool so that your yard will drain correctly after it rains. You will also need to disclose that you have a buried pool in the back yard if ever you sell the house.

Removing a pool should cost around $10,000 to do correctly and that is about how much money it takes away from the value of your home as well. make sure you do your homework and make sure you hire someone to do it who knows what they are doing. Good luck!
 
Old 12-24-2007, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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There was a company that used to advertise about every hour on TV "Park Your Pool". They drain it, put in a sump to take out any water that collects and cover the opening with a deck. I suppose the plaster would crack and have to be replaced if you wanted to ever put it back in service. The shell should be fine if properly reinforced when it was placed. Anyhow, a thought.
 
Old 12-24-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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The kids are long gone and we have an unused pool eating up a significant portion of the yard. Has anyone experience with having their pool demolished and removed?

I epxect a building permit or some such thing would be required and that the cheapest method is to cave it in below grade and bury everything with fill dirt. Removal of all the concrete and the equipment from the site would be ideal but I expect more costly.
Interesting question, Searcher

Due to the added value a pool usually affords a home, you may want to consider having a deck (Redwood or that "almost" Redwood) built on top of the pool. Constructed properly it would probably be much less expensive than removing the pool completely while still opening up your yard plus if and/or when you decide to sell . . . the pool is still available.

MY TWO CENTS WORTH!
 
Old 12-24-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Bummer, you are so smart, great idea...Merry Christmas...hopefully Santa will let me outta my room for the day.
 
Old 12-24-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Bummer, you are so smart, great idea...Merry Christmas...hopefully Santa will let me outta my room for the day.
LOL . . . just for ONE DAY!
 
Old 12-31-2007, 02:20 AM
 
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I had my pool filled this year for $6k. Many people quoted me over $10k. It took a while to find someone qualified and willing to do it for less. Look under Excavators in your yellow pages and online. Make sure they are licensed too. Most cities do not require a permit to fill a pool. However if you leave some of the pool in the ground. You will have to disclose it to future buyers of your home. Good luck. We are saving $200-300 a month since our pool is gone. Plus my time savings is even more.
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